Blinking snake


Speech scroll “He goes beyond the limits of color and the laws of natural perspective.”
 ● Wm. Quinn, in “The Art of Artspeak: Be Sophisticated”
The writing hand emerges from the jaws of God K “None of the programs in this monograph, needless to say, has been tested on a machine.”
 ● Edsger W. Dijkstra, in A Discipline of Programming
Speech scroll “...the action of thought is excited by the irritation of doubt, and ceases when belief is attained; so that the production of belief is the sole function of thought.”
 ● Charles S. Peirce, in “How to Make Our Ideas Clear”
Speech scroll “There seems to be a sort of progress in awareness, through the stages of which every man—and especially every psychiatrist and every patient—must move, some persons progressing further through these stages than others. One starts by blaming the identified patient for his idiosyncrasies and symptoms. Then one discovers that these symptoms are a response to—or an effect of—what others have done; and the blame shifts from the identified patient to the etiological figure. Then, one discovers perhaps that these figures feel a guilt for the pain which they have caused, and one realizes that when they claim this guilt they are identifying themselves with god. After all, they did not, in general, know what they were doing, and to claim guilt for their acts would be to claim omniscience. At this point one reaches a more general anger, that what happens to people should not happen to dogs, and that what people do to each other the lower animals could never devise. Beyond this, there is, I think, a stage which I can only dimly envisage, where pessimism and anger are replaced by something else—perhaps humility. And from this stage onward to whatever stages there may be, there is loneliness.”
 ● Gregory Bateson, in “Language and Psychotherapy”
Speech scroll “Ta’ e’ ku’ yu’uch’ul.”
 ● Yucatec Mayan
Speech scroll “If,” say we with much circumlocution, “the course of Nature followed the lines we say it did, then, in short, it did.” That is the sum of our argument.
 ● William Bateson, 1894;
cited in “A Duck Folded in Half,” London Review of Books, 19 June 1997
(Review of Before the Backbone: Views on the Origins of the Vertebrates, by Henry Gee)
Speech scroll “The tool most required to build the tool required is the tool required.”
 ● Van Laningham’s Law
The writing hand emerges from the jaws of God K “In general, mass production allows the designer more freedom of choice than intermediate or hybrid methods ... In hybrid production it is always cheaper not to exploit to the full the capabilities of a machine, and usually cheaper still to use the wrong machine.”
 ● David Pye, in The Nature and Aesthetics of Design
Speech scroll “Clyde, trash the caddy.”
 ● Clint Eastwood, in Any Which Way You Can
Speech scroll “Indeed, when I design my killer language, the identifiers “foo” and “bar” will be reserved words, never used, and not even mentioned in the reference manual. Any program using one will simply dump core without comment. Multitudes will rejoice.”
 ● Tim Peters, on the Python Mailing List
Linux Logo “Some people have told me they don’t think a fat penguin really embodies the grace of Linux, which just tells me they have never seen an angry penguin charging at them in excess of 100mph. They’d be a lot more careful about what they say if they had.”
 ● Linus Torvalds
Speech scroll “He that stelles thes boke he shalbe hanked apon an hoke behend the kechen door.”
 ● Inscription in an English Book of Hours, in a private collection in Denmark;
cited in “The One and Only Book,” by Christopher de Hamel, New York Review of Books Volume LIV, No. 2 (February 15, 2007): 44.
(Review of Marking the Hours: English People and Their Prayers, 1240-1570, by Eamon Duffy.)
Speech scroll “Events, which are the arguments of God, are stronger than words, which are the arguments of men.”
 ● Albert J. Beveridge, 27 April, 1898; before the Middlesex Club of Boston, commemorating the birth of Gen. U.S. Grant
Speech scroll “The vision, dedication, and integrity of managers determines whether there is management or mismanagement.”
 ● Peter F. Drucker

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